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Bruce Arena: 'The new training facility is great'

Bruce Arena: 'The new training facility is great'

This offseason, the New England Revolution unveiled a new, state-of-the-art trainer center.

The $35 million facility spans 68 acres and includes three full-size grass fields for practice, a gym featuring weight training equipment, a hydrotherapy room with three pools, and so much more.

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And so far, the Revs are really enjoying their new digs.

"The new training facility is great," Revs head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena said in a recent interview. "It's upgraded the commitment to the club, and I think the players sense that. They come to work every day with a smile on their face.

"They're highly motivated so we think the new facility is outstanding."

It's good news that the Revs are enjoying their new facility and it's unsurprising that they're so motivated by it. They're coming off one of their most successful seasons in recent years under Arena's direction, so they should only get better moving forward.

The Revs preseason begins on Monday, Feb. 10 when they travel to take on the LA Galaxy. Their regular-season MLS debut will take place on Saturday, Feb. 29 on the road against the Montreal Impact.

Revolution Recap: Matt Turner stands on head in win over Colorado Rapids

Revolution Recap: Matt Turner stands on head in win over Colorado Rapids

Note: This was a simulated match between the Revolution and the Colorado Rapids in EA Sports FIFA 20, none of what happened was real and the Revs record still is 0-1-1 as the season is on a pause due to the coronavirus. 

The MLS suspended their season due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but that didn't stop the New England Revolution from taking on the Colorado Rapids in a simulated match of EA Sports FIFA 20 on Saturday.

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The Revolution, who have squandered points in the past few simulations, finally get in the win column with a 4-2 win over the Rapids at Gillette Stadium. The best player of the game was goalkeeper Matt Turner who made some pretty incredible stops throughout the match. 

Here's how the Revolution starting XI looked in Saturday's simulated match:

  • Matt Turner
  • Brandon Bye
  • Andrew Farrell
  • Henry Kessler
  • DeJuan Jones
  • Diego Fagundez
  • Wilfried Zahibo
  • Gustavo Bou
  • Carles Gil
  • Teal Bunbury
  • Adam Buksa

The substitutes were as follows:

  • Cristian Penilla
  • Kelyn Rowe
  • Scott Caldwell
  • Tajon Buchanan
  • Justin Rennicks
  • Michael Mancienne
  • Brad Knighton

In a back-and-forth first half between the Revolution and Rapids, Colorado drew first blood in the 34th minute. Lucky for the Revs, Adam Buksa continues to dominate MLS action and tied the game with a sneaky run past the defense. 

The Revolution and Rapids went into the half tied at one a side, and when the second half began that's when New England turned on the jets. In the 47th minute, Diego Fagundez picked the sweet spot to give the Revs a 2-1 lead that they never gave up.

And of course, put one in the goal column for Carles Gil who had the most gorgeous strike of the game. 

In a 3-1 game with points on the line, you can count on Turner to keep things steady with a few incredible saves.

Unfortunately, though, the Rapids broke through in the 76th minute to make it a 3-2 game. However, Gustavo Bou answered in the 89th minute to solidify a 4-2 win for New England. 

And you can cap things off with another stellar save from Turner to end things once and for all. 

This was a phenomenal win for the Revs who finally got solid defending and goalkeeping throughout the night. It wasn't a surprise they tallied four goals, especially with players like Buksa, Gil and Bou in the starting lineup.

You can watch the full game below, and click here for highlights:

 

 

Revolution Classics: How to watch Revs vs. Red Bulls 2014 Eastern Conference Championship series

Revolution Classics: How to watch Revs vs. Red Bulls 2014 Eastern Conference Championship series

With no MLS games for the foreseeable future, NBC Sports Boston will give New England Revolution fans a chance to get their fix by re-airing some classic games, beginning Saturday afternoon with a look back at the 2014 Eastern Conference Championship series against the New York Red Bulls. 

In the first leg of the series, more than 1,200 Revolution fans traveled to New York to watch their club take on the Red Bulls on Nov. 23, 2014. That traveling paid off, too, as both Jermaine Jones and Teal Bunbury had a goal and an assist in the match. While Jones and Bunbury handled things up top, Bobby Shuttleworth stopped six of seven shots in goal.

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This match was magical for a Revs side who lacked possession (39.7 percent), pass accuracy (72 percent) and shots on goal (four) -- they trailed in all of those categories. Although they didn't control the pace of play, they made their scoring opportunities count in a 2-1 win over the Red Bulls.

The Revs' victory was their first-ever win at Red Bull Arena and their first win on the road over the Red Bulls in seven years. 

How to Watch

NBC Sports Boston will be re-airing this match on Saturday, April 4 at 4 p.m. ET. You can watch on TV on NBC Sports Boston, or stream the action via NBCSportsBoston.com.